The Florida Panthers prospects earned a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators rookies on Sunday night at the Ford Ice Center. With the win, the Cats rookies now own a 2-0 mark in the prospects tournament. F Vincent Trocheck scored the game-winner for the Panthers in the third period, when he picked up the puck along the boards and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net.
After a scoreless first period of play, the Panthers prospects took an early lead after F Logan Shaw redirected D Aaron Ekblad’s shot from the blueline past Nashville netminder Rob Madore. Late in the middle frame, Nashville tied the game at 1-1 on goal from F Colton Sissons. F Stephen Hodges picked up his third point (2-1-3) of the tournament with an empty net goal with just under one-minute to play in regulation.
Panthers G Sam Brittain stopped 19 of 20 shots in 40 minutes of action, while G Clarke Saunders made 11 saves in the final frame.
In other prospects tournament action, Tampa Bay defeated Boston 3-2 in overtime during the early game on Sunday afternoon. All four teams will have the day off on Monday, before closing out the tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Florida takes on their intrastate rivals the Lightning at 11 a.m. and Nashville plays Boston at 2 p.m.